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Author(s):Stier, John
Author Affiliation:Department of Horticulture, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Title:Shorter mowing heights are hazardous to summer health
Column Name:Gazing in the grass
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Source:The Grass Roots. Vol. 35, No. 2, March/April 2006, p. 4-5, 7, 9.
Publishing Information:Madison, WI: Wisconsin Golf Course Superintendents Association.
# of Pages:4
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Mowing height; Summer maintenance; Golf course superintendents; Mowing; Golf greens; Quality; Turf maintenance; Fungicide application; Agrostis stolonifera; Heat stress; Photosynthesis; Respiration; Golf green maintenance; Growth factors; Algae; Golfer expectations; Golf green speed
Cultivar Names:Penncross
Abstract/Contents:Discusses the possible effects of low mowing heights on turfgrass health. States that "as turf maintenance costs climb it becomes more important than ever to understand how the grass grows, the stresses it must tolerate, and how management can be altered to continue to provide acceptable-quality turf without increased budgets. Specifically, what effects do the lower mowing heights have on the turf?" Describes turfgrass adaptation to lower mowing, turf response to summer stresses, and potentially harmful effects of increasingly lower mowing heights. States that "mowing simulates the animal grazing which is capable of stimulating photosynthesis, leaf growth, and protein production in grasses adapted for turf...Among turfgrasses, proper mowing height can actually increase plant density compared to unmowed swards." Also states that "the reduced tiller density at the lower mowing heights allowed algae to develop...The combination of low mowing height and summer stress also greatly decreased turf root mass in greatly decreased turf root mass in [the] study...Even the...bentgrasses marketed for low mowing height conditions such as the Penn A and G series perform better at 0.156 inch height compared to 0.125 inch." Explains that "turf quality was markedly reduced in the absence of preventive fungicide applications regardless of mowing height." Concludes that "low mowing heights...are simply not suitable to a low input, environmentally sustainable golf course. Few superintendents...would challenge the concept of increasing mowing heights if golfers would accept less green speed but such a concept will need to gain ground through bodies like the PGA [Professional Golfers' Association] and Wisconsin State Golf Association before reality can be achieved."
See Also:Other items relating to: Summertime Blues
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Stier, J. 2006. Shorter mowing heights are hazardous to summer health. Grass Roots. 35(2):p. 4-5, 7, 9.
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